Church to investigate ‘miracle statue’

The Catholic Church is to investigate claims of religious icons bleeding and weeping rose oil in a small Brisbane church. Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby said he had appointed Judicial Vicar Dr Adrian Farrelly as the head of the investigation team to determine the cause of the apparent phenomena in the Vietnamese Community Hall at Inala in Brisbane’s south-west.

“I will now convene a panel of experts, under the direction of the Judicial Vicar, to investigate the happenings at Inala and if possible to establish their origin,” he said in a statement.

Archbishop Bathersby said he could not predict how long the investigation would take, but said a similar inquiry in Western Australia last year had taken two months.

That inquiry found the phenomena did not meet the criteria of a miracle.

Thousands of believers continue their pilgrimage to the community church to see the apparent miracles for themselves.

Many people believe the phenomena is a sign of hope from God in an uncertain world.

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The Courier-Mail, Australia
May 25, 2004

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